Section Members

  • Stephen L. Nelson, MD, PhD


The Neurology section plays an integral role in the education of medical students and residents, and provides comprehensive care to children with all types of neurological disorders. All referrals are welcome, but specific conditions that especially warrant referral include: suspected/known seizures including epilepsy or other paroxysmal events, developmental delay including Autism, migraines or other headaches, abnormal movements such as tics, ADHD or other learning disabilities, sleep disorders, weakness or sensory abnormalities, and many others. Available treatment options include ketogenic diet in conjunction with Pediatric Gastroenterology, Vagal Nerve Simulator and Baclofen pumps in conjunction with Pediatric Neurosurgery, and inpatient Video EEG monitoring for evaluation for epilepsy surgery or to clarify etiology for paroxysmal events.

Stephen Nelson, MD, PhD

Dr. Nelson joined our faculty full-time in 2014 as Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Neurology and Psychiatry, although he has worked part-time doing Pediatric Neurology since 2007. He is board-certified in both Pediatrics and Child Neurology. He is the Section Head for Pediatric Neurology, and performs both inpatient and outpatient evaluations, in addition to reading of EEGs.

Dr. Nelson completed his PhD in Biomedical Sciences at University of California, Riverside followed by in his MD at University of California, San Diego. He then completed his Pediatric residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas and then his Child Neurology residency at Stanford. He served on active duty in the US Air Force from 2000-2013, most recently at Walter Reed and USUHS in Bethesda, MD, where he was the Program Director for the Child Neurology Fellowship, and the Director of Child Neurology for the medical school.

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